The left, centre and right panels of the tryptch, ‘Garden of Earthly Delights’, by Hieronymous Bosch circa 1510


Paradise flocks. Christ is blessing Adam, Eve

and, looking our way, us. We know, we

know – but a dirty trick to make evil

interesting! Lords and ladies teem: nude

armies on sensual manoeuvres.

In the nightmare, penis becomes knife, vulva

a cracked, open egg on tree-like legs –

and a man, elbow on the cut-away edge,

is unmoved. Hells’ punishments become our

crimes: towns burn; refugees drown; a man

is crucified in a harp. Hell’s commandants

play sonatas – and someone watches

and is indifferent.




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  1. #1 by John Chapman - September 24th, 2012 at 10:51

    A Monty Pythonesque view of what is now 40% of the Internet. Nothing basically changes it seems, only the way it is depicted.

  2. #2 by Gilbert A. Franke - September 24th, 2012 at 14:42

    David, your verse provides a visual magnifying glass for the tryptch! Not quite a microscope, but certainly a more detailed view! Thanks!

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